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Glenavon win Irish Cup semi-final against Crusaders

By Stuart McKinley

Published 01/04/2016

Glenavon celebrating the win during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Glenavon celebrating the win during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Glenavon's Kevin Braniff celebrating the win during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Glenavons Kevin Braniff scores in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Glenavon celebrating the win during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 Crusaders v Glenavon JBE Irish Cup semi final. Crusaders Matthew Snoddy opens the scoring during this evenings game at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 Crusaders v Glenavon JBE Irish Cup semi final. Crusaders Matthew Snoddy opens the scoring during this evenings game at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 Crusaders v Glenavon JBE Irish Cup semi final. Crusaders Matthew Snoddy scores his second during this evenings game at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -1st April 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Tennets Irish cup semi final match between Crusaders and Glenavon at the Nationla Stadium. Crusaders Paul Heatley in action with Glenavons Declan OBrien
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Crusaders XXX and Glenavons YYY in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Crusaders Jordan Owens and Glenavons Andy McGrory in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Crusaders Declan Caddell and Glenavons Simon Kelly in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Glenavons Kevin Braniff scoring his 4th in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Glenavons Kevin Braniff scoring his 4th in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 Crusaders v Glenavon JBE Irish Cup semi final. Crusaders Matthew Snoddy scores his second during this evenings game at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 Crusaders v Glenavon JBE Irish Cup semi final. Glenavon's Kevin Braniff scores his second during this evenings game at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 Crusaders v Glenavon JBE Irish Cup semi final. Crusaders Paul Heatley and GlenavonÕs Conor Dillon during this evenings game at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 Crusaders v Glenavon JBE Irish Cup semi final. Crusaders Paul Heatley and GlenavonÕs Conor Dillon during this evenings game at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 Crusaders v Glenavon JBE Irish Cup semi final. Crusaders Matthew Snoddy opens the scoring during this evenings game at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Crusaders David Magowan and Glenavons Joel Cooper in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Glenavons Kevin Braniff scores in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - April 1, Pictured is Crusaders Andrew Mitchell and Glenavons Joel Cooper in action during the Irish Cup semi-final at Windsor Park on March 30, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Braniff was the Glenavon hero as he scored four times to send the Lurgan Blues into their second Irish Cup final in three seasons

The Mourneview Park men beat Crusaders 4-3 in a thrilling semi-final to end the north-Belfast club's dreams of a league and cup double.

The Crues took the lead twice in the first half, with Matthew Snoddy scoring both times, but Braniff equalised on each occasion.

After Paul Heatley put Crusaders 3-2 up in the opening minute of the second half Braniff levelled again before he struck the winner 18 minutes from time.

Glenavon, who won the Cup in 2014, will now face either Linfield or Lurgan Celtic in the final at Windsor Park on Saturday May 7.

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